Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) transceiver mods reviews software and diagrams

   
 
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Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575)
IC-575
Programming interface schematics for Icom:
Programming software for Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) :
PDF User Manual for Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) :
PDF Service Manual with schematics for Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) :

Mods for Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) :
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) General Coverage TX Modification
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Pass band Tuning Modification
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Power control modification
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Restoration of pass band tuning
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Splitting into RX- and TX paths
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Modification of cw pass band (BFO)
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Disabling of SBB squelch
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Very fast AGC
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) SSB RF Gain
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Tuning speed
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Frequency range & CTCSS tones
    Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Freq. steps mod

Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) technical specifications :  Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) technical specifications

Icom IC-575 (IC 575 IC575) Modification of cw pass band (BFO)

Problem:

In these transceivers ICOM has chosen to shift the CW passband up 200 Hz compared to the SSB passband. This makes it more difficult to copy SSB signals in CW mode.


Solution:

The extra BFO coil that is added in CW-R is short-circuited, and the BFO is re-adjusted for proper CW RX/TX-tracking and for preferred USB/CW passband.


Implementation:
  • short-circuit Lcw in the BFO compartment.

For readjusting the BFO you need another transceiver (TRX2) with correct tracking.
  1. Receive on TRX2 and transmit in CW. Adjust the VFO (with the RIT off !) of TRX2 until you have the desired side tone in CW mode. (e.g. 800 Hz - can be found by beating the tone with the side tone oscillator).

  2. Transmit on TRX2 and adjust Ly (CW-R) until you have the desired side tone in CW mode. (you are setting the ~800Hz difference between CW-R & CW-T).

  3. Adjust Lx (CW-T) for preferred USB/CW receive passband.

You might have to repeat the tuning once again, as there is some interaction between the adjustments (diode switching for high impedance RF circuits are not perfect !). If you would like to adjust the LSB passband, this should be done by adjusting the capacitor C, before adjusting the coils.


Note: The BFO coils are switched in successively to give the required offset from the LSB frequency. Therefore adjusting CW-T also changes USB/CW-R.

Re-adjusting all of the BFO frequencies is a good idea in any case to compensate for crystal aging. If the passbands sound different in LSB and USB it is a sure sign of mis-alignment due to crystal drift - they should be more or less the same.


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